The Hollywood Historical Film (New Approaches to Film Genre)

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A comprehensive analysis of the historical film—a popular andcontroversial genre that’s been with us since the early daysof cinema—and Hollywood’s unique ability to reshape ourviewpoints while it sensually recreates the past.

  • Provides a complete guide to the unique characteristics ofhistorical film, distinguishing among sub-genres such as historicalepics, war films, biographies, topical films, and meta-historicworks like Nixon and JFK
  • Offers detailed analyses of groundbreaking films such asSpartacus, Schindler’s List, and United93
  • Examines the dual role of the historical film to entertain andeducate, with its tendency to arouse critical and popularcontroversy
  • Stimulates discussion about Hollywood’s power to persuadeand reshape our views of the past

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The Hollywood Historical Film is an entertaining and eruditecinematic journey through the controversial portrayal of history onfilm — from the swashbuckling epics of the silent era toup-to-the-minute dramas like World Trade Center.

With thought-provoking analysis, film historian Robert Burgoynereveals the dual nature of historic films — how they deepenour understanding of historical events while shaping and oftenaltering our views of the past. Burgoyne examines the power ofhistoric films to entertain and promote national myths whileinfluencing public opinion. He also reviews how contemporaryfilmmakers like Oliver Stone cleverly restage the past to reframeour memories of actual historic events.

For students of film and history — and fans alike —The Hollywood Historical Film is a timely exploration of theworld of historical films.

About the Author:

Robert Burgoyne is Professor of English and Film Studies at Wayne State University. He is the author of Bertolucci’s 1900: A Narrative and Historical Analysis; Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History; and coauthor, with Robert Stam and Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, of New Vocabularies in Film Semiotics.

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